Annotations for Forbidden Schoolhouse : The True and Dramatic Story of Prudence Candall and Her Students


Baker & Taylor
An engaging account relates the story of how, in 1830, Prudence Crandall opened a school in Canterbury, Connecticut, to teach African-American girls, and was greeted by cruelty and hate by the townspeople who threw her in jail and burned down the school.

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Baker & Taylor
Describes the circumstances surrounding the 1833 opening of a school for African-American girls in Canterbury, Connecticut, and discusses the attitudes of the townspeople who persecuted the teacher and burned down the school.

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Houghton
They threw rocks and rotten eggs at the school windows. Villagers refused to sell Miss Crandall groceries or let her students attend the town church. Mysteriously, her schoolhouse was set on fire?by whom and how remains a mystery. The town authorities dragged her to jail and put her on trial for breaking the law.

Her crime? Trying to teach African American girls geography, history, reading, philosophy, and chemistry. Trying to open and maintain one of the first African American schools in America.

Exciting and eye-opening, this account of the heroine of Canterbury, Connecticut, and her elegant white schoolhouse at the center of town will give readers a glimpse of what it is like to try to change the world when few agree with you.


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